David Druker, M.D., the CEO of the 905-physician Palo Alto (Calif.) Medical Foundation, died July 23 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 68 and a nonsmoker.
“David was a healer, a teacher, a visionary and a mentor to all of us,” Jeff Gerard, president of the Sutter Health Peninsula Coastal Region, of which Palo Alto is an affiliate, said in a news release. “From the beginning, he promoted a culture of innovation, often being an early adopter of new technologies or creating new ways of delivering patient-centered care.”
Druker, a dermatologist, joined the Palo Alto Medical Clinic in 1975 and was present for two important milestones in the organization's 80-year history: The creation of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in 1981, and its affiliation with Sutter Health in 1993.